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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Santa Fe National Forest on Fire

Well, the one thing I was hoping wouldn't happen has. Our beloved forest caught fire yesterday. Of course I've been following the news on the fires in Arizona and experiencing some seriously smoky, unhealthy, turn-the-moon & sun red sort of days, as a result of wind patterns blowing it on over. Here in NM there have been fires raging in the Gila Wilderness in southern NM, Ruidoso, Clovis and more recently the fire in Raton, NM just a couple of hours north... I suppose I knew it was just a matter of time. Still I was hoping & hoping it wouldn't happen. I left my place yesterday afternoon, saw this scene & my heart sank.

View from Central Santa Fe
The fire was thought to be started in Pacheco Canyon, about 6 miles NE of Tesuque, just "down the hill" from the Santa Fe Ski Basin. It is currently burning in our National Forest, and heading into the Pecos Wilderness.

Wide view to show extent of the smoke plume.
 Below the huge plume of smoke are the beloved mountains/trails where I often hike. I am well aware of "fire science," and I know that forests actually need to burn sometimes to be healthy... but I am still so sad to watch the forest I love burn like this. 

A closer view from hwy 285 - photos taken near the Santa Fe Opera



Last night, the winds did die down, and I was hopeful the firefighters would be able to get a handle on it, though I did worry about resources being spread so thin across the state & in Arizona. (Those poor firefighters must be exhausted... likely going from fire to fire!) This morning it didn't look too terrible up on the hill. Unfortunately, when I left work this afternoon, the winds were gusting @ 30- 40 miles per hour... and this was the scene I saw from the parking lot as I left this evening.



The latest update online (I don't have a t.v.) was at 11:00 this morning... 900 acres burned with zero percent containment. As I write, our spring-turned-summer winds are still gusting at 30-40 miles per hour. It does not look good for our forest... and with no rain forecast, it doubly does not look good. Pray for the firefighters, out fighting the good fight...

( 9 p.m. update: 3,000 acres~ zero percent containment.)

(June 21st update: close to 5,000 acres~ 5% containment)

(June 26th update: over 9,000 acres~ 10% containment.)

Here's a great link for more info:

14 comments:

clairz said...

Oh, Becky, this is just heartbreaking.

Lisa RedWillow said...

This is awful. I know what its like . This early spring I lived around the fires as well.. Stay safe and dont breath in too much toxins.
Your in my Prayers for Peace.

Angela Recada said...

Such a very sad thing to happen again. I was in the area several years ago when there were huge fires up in Colorado, and it broke my heart to see the devastation. Stay safe. xoxoxo

Beatriz said...

! what a shame! I hope you get off.

I like the picture that heads the image of your blog.

Greetings from Barcelona, Spain

Tammie Lee said...

fires like this are so powerful and frightening. So sorry to hear about your forest being burned.

Randy said...

Excellent photo Becky. I hope they were able to get some kind handle on it today. Our poor forest.

Ms. Becky said...

I've been keeping a close eye on this because of my blogging buddies who live in the southwest, such as yourself. it is heartbreaking, and amazing how fast it spreads. dry forests are tinder-boxes unfortunately. thanks for the link which does provide some up-to-date information. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts. take good care.

jocodeane said...

Stomach turning news, Becky.
And having the fumes around can't be healthy either. Gone in a flash, what has been growing for hundreds of years. So hard to accept.

Pat said...

Becky, I,too, am watching the news from afar, at my beloved AZ and NM. So much damage. When I heard the fire was heading into NM, I thought of you. I hope the firefighters get control of this soon. How sad to see that beautiful blue sky filled with smoke!

snowwhite said...

Becky,
Heartbreaking disaster. I'm very sad to see such beautiful forests being burnt to ashes. I do hope the awful fire be extinguished as soon as possible. Stay safe.

marianne said...

i know this is so hard to see, but i also know what follows. all destruction and rebirth. it is amazing to see the resilience of little plants poking up through burns. it will still be beautiful and spiritual, just different.

Jenny Lee Wentworth said...

Oh no Becky, hope you are safe. :)
xoJenny

Linda Starr said...

So sad, I have done so much traveling in Arizona and New Mexico and in some remote locations and I hate to think of the devastation that is left behind for the people not to mention the poor animals running for their lives and left with nothing to eat after the fire.

Annie said...

Just awful :-(. xoxo